EVENTS

The Ospreys Supporters Cub’s Annual General Meeting will take place at 19:00, Monday 28th September via Zoom.

All OSC members (season ticket holders) are invited to attend and to stand for election to the committee should they wish to do so (providing conditions laid out in the constitution are met – see the link below). If you have the energy, commitment and the skills to contribute to the OSC, please email grant@ospreyssupportersclub.com to find out more or to submit an application to join the committee.

Further details about the AGM and committee can be found here in the OSC constitution

As this will be our first virtual AGM there may be limited access. If you would like to attend the Zoom meeting, please email grant@ospreyssupportersclub.com – joining details will be sent out prior to the meeting starting.

 

BH Events have contacted the OSC to let us know about a free ZOOM event with some serious Ospreys firepower!  This is a great opportunity to hear from the players and to ask them some challenging questions (like how many more TikTok dance videos is Dan going to make!)

George North, Dan Lydiate and Gareth Anscombe will be online with Polly James hosing the Q&A session from 8pm on Wednesday 1st July.

This event is free but there will be the opportunity for attendees to make donations to Noah’s Ark Charity, supporting Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales in providing world class care, helping to ensure the best outcome and experience possible for children and their families.

This isn’t an OSC event so you must register for this event in advance at the Eventbrite website by clicking the big green Join Up button.  After registering, you’ll get all the information required to join the Zoom call – if you’ve not used Zoom before, install it and test it well in advance of the event!

This year, our vice-chair, Grant Berni will be taking part in the inaugural OitC Judgement Day charity bike ride.

He’s a keen cyclist and just as keen to watch the game so he says “this is a perfect day out for me- cycling, rugby and maybe a beer or two – all whilst raising money for Ospreys in the community!”

 

 

 

To help Grant hit is fundraising target, please click the button below:

 

 

 

Each rider must raise a minimum of £250, so to see who else is raising money for OiTC on the ride and help them on their way, click the button below and then click on “Fundraisers

 

 

 

Here’s what OitC have to say about the event:

Ospreys in the Community have teamed up with White Rock Events to launch our first charity bike ride. On Saturday 18th April 2020, Ospreys will take on the Dragons at the Principality Stadium for Judgement Day. All tracks lead to Cardiff, as the same day we will be holding our first charity bike ride from the Liberty Stadium to the home of Welsh Rugby in time for the big derby! Riders over the age of 14 of all abilities can get involved in supporting the cause in this unique cycling experience

How the funding will be spent

All Finances will go towards sustaining the great work done in our local communities by Ospreys in the Community. Supporting people to make positive life changes through the power of sport and conversation. We work to improve lives by working with others to create a range of programmes that sit within our four core values: education, health, sport, and inclusion

How this will benefit the community

Ospreys in the Community is a not-for-profit foundation working in close partnership with Ospreys Rugby. We share a strong relationship and form a key part of the Ospreys’ Strategy. We operate independently to the professional rugby organisation. Our aim is to create a vibrant and sustainable foundation and harness the power of the Ospreys to make a positive difference in our communities. We hope to encourage boys and girls of all ages and abilities to make positive life choices.

Here’s some more about OiTC


For anyone interested in joining up and supporting this event, please click the link below to email Tom Sloan

 

 

 

If anyone wants to know a bit more about the ride, here are some Q&A’s from the launch event last week.

Questions & Answers

What is The Judgement Day Ride? 

The Judgement Day Ride is a cycle ride from The Liberty Stadium to The Principality Stadium in time to watch the double header Judgement Day. How fit do I need to be? The event involves exercise and so a basic level of fitness is required. If in doubt check with your GP before confirming your entry. We will be running a training day in the build up to the Ride.

Will going you off be road or using roads?

We use mostly roads and cycle paths. 

What type of bike will I need?

We strongly recommend a road bike serviced shortly before departure. 

Can I use a mountain bike or hybrid? 

Yes but your fitness and ability will need to be of a much higher standard. It is very difficult for the best cyclist on a hybrid to keep up with a novice on a road bike. Not impossible but you will be at a disadvantage. 

How fast will we be riding? 

We are anticipating 3 groups (based on a party of 50). Target speed will be 12mph, 14 mph and 16mph. We will know more once we know the final make up of the party. How far will we by cycling It is 45 miles to the Stadium.

How many hills are there?

Most of the climbs are around the Cowbridge area. It isn’t flat but nothing too testing.

Have I enough time to train? 

We will help you with training tips and will be organising a training day before we go. With the right equipment it should be within the range of most people. 

Do I ride alone? 

No this is a fully supported Ride. You will ride as part of a group of approximately 15 riders. Each group will have a Ride Captain and Vice Captain. All are very experienced and are fully trained in first aid and have good cycle mechanic skills. 

We will be teaching riders how to ride in a peloton. This enables the ride to move along using 30% less energy than riding alone. The effect is that even inexperienced riders with basic preparation can complete the challenge.

What if I get lost?

You will be with a team cycling all day – we leave no one behind.  We also give you access to our GPS app for your phone.

What time will we leave? What time will we get there? 

We leave the Liberty at 8:00am and aim to be at the Principality by 12:30pm. Kick off is at 2:15pm 

What happens to my bike? 

At the end of the ride we will load your bike onto a truck and it will be delivered back to Swansea in time for collection on the Sunday?

What about repairs / punctures? Do I need to bring spares? 

We will have staff to repair punctures and any other faults. We will have some spare bikes in case of a more serious failure. We ask you to bring along 2 inner tubes. 

How do we get back to Swansea? 

A coach will be provided with an agreed departure time. Alternatively you may wish to stay longer in Cardiff.

What happens to my luggage? 

You will load your change of clothes on to the van at The Liberty Stadium and you will have access to this in Cardiff. Will we get fed along the way? Yes we have included a stop near halfway. You will also receive a food voucher for the Stadium.

Can I get a shower when we arrive?

Yes arrangements are being made for you to shower.

Can you recommend anywhere I can get a new bike?

Cycle Solutions have a store in the Uplands, Swansea and can meet all your needs. 

bike or get my bike serviced.

Will I need insurance?

We recommend everyone has cycle insurance. 

Apart from the bike what other equipment would I need? 

Weather conditions in April can be changeable and, as with any Welsh day, we could have all seasons in one day. The essential kit list is as follows:- 

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Pair 8 panel shorts
  • Transmission base layer
  • Road bike helmet (compulsory)
  • Good waterproof/ warm glove
  • Warm leggings
  • Mid layer long sleeve cycle shirt
  • Clear glasses for peloton cycling
  • Water bottles/ cages x 2 

Will my bike get damaged in transition? 

We will take great care with your bike when transporting in our vehicles. We strongly recommend you bring along a bike box. If you do not have a bike box bring a blanket and pipe lagging from a local plumbing centre will protect your frame.

Cycle helmet?

This is compulsory and you will not be covered by insurance if you are not wearing a helmet.

How much experience do the organisers have?

Combined there is over 50 years of experience in organising charity cycle rides and cycle tours. 

Calling all  Season Ticket Holders!!!!

The Ospreys are running an exclusive Q&A event for season ticker holders (i.e. full OSC members).  

Where: Liberty Stadium

When: Monday 21 October at 6:30pm.

Supporters will get the opportunity to take a rate behind the scenes peek at Ospreys Rugby, find out how the Ospreys intend to take on challenges this season and field questions to panel members:

• Allen Clarke (Head Coach)

• Carl Hogg (Forwards Coach)

• Shaun Venter (Scrumhalf)

• Andrew Millward (Managing Director)

• Paul Whapham (Business General Manager)

The event starts at 6:30pm and is exclusively open to all Season Members and Premier Club Members only.

Please let the Ospreys know if you can attend by completing the form by clicking on the “ATTEND FAN FORUM” link on the email the Ospreys sent out to season ticket holders titled “Clarkie calls on you for your support tomorrow” send on Friday 11th October.  This is the first Q&A for ST holders held by the Ospreys (and not by the OSC) so if you’ve not received an email with his link, let the Ospreys know directly (via social media or call the Ospreys directly) – we will also help out to make sure you can let them know you are attending – use our “Contact Us” link on this website.

Join us at the Pavilion Llandarcy for a chance to meet new signing Gareth Evans, Gheorghe Gajion, Guido Volpi & Will Griffiths.

Paul Whapham (General Business Manger) and Josh Nicholson (Communications Manager) will also be in attendance to field your questions.  Those two don’t get a nice picture though.

To reserve your place email lynnej@ospreyssupportersclub.com

Entry is only £1. Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30 start. 

In support of Paul James Testimonial year, the Ospreys Supporters Club are delighted to announce that we will be holding a Q&A with Paul in Ten21 (Paul’s bistro bar in Neath).

A Wales (66 caps), Ospreys (232 caps), Bath(56+ caps), Barbarians, Neath (23 caps), Skewen and Seven Sisters legend, Paul has given years of fantastic service to the game.

The Q&A will start at 8pm, with Paul & some of his rugby friends in attendance, however we would encourage supporters who want to attend, to book a table in Ten21 directly and sample the fantastic food on offer (Ten21 is ours from 6:30pm until late so book a table and enjoy an entire evening of good food, good drink and good debates about scrummaging – last food orders are 7:45pm but you don’t really want to be eating when Paul is talking do you? – get there nice and early!).  We could recommend a whole long list from the menu, but its safe to say, you won’t be disappointed if you haven’t eaten there before…and the drinks selection is top notch.

If you want to attend the Q&A, please email lynne.jones101@btinternet.com as spaces are limited, as well as reserving tables if you are planning on eating directly with Ten21 on  01639631630.

If you’re really lucky, there may be some live acoustic music before and after the Q&A from our Riverside regular band D-Fibs.

There will be a donation on the door and also raffle tickets for sale on the night for some pretty special prizes.  All proceeds from the night will be added to the funds already raised this season from the sale of OSC pin badges and this will all go towards Paul’s chosen charity.

Paul has decided to support the Mind Charity as part of his Testimonial activities as mental health is something that is of great importance to him. Although there has been an increase in media exposure of the topic of late, he still feels that the level of public support and understanding of mental health has a long way to go.

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They can campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

For more information on Mind, please click on the picture below:

For further details about Assey’s Testimonial, click on the picture below:

 

 

 

This year, the Ospreys Supporters Club will be donating proceeds from OSC pin badge sales to Paul’s nominated testimonial charities.  

Paul has decided to support the Mind Charity as part of his Testimonial activities as mental health is something that is of great importance to him. Although there has been an increase in media exposure of the topic of late, he still feels that the level of public support and understanding of mental health has a long way to go.

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They can campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

In addition to Mind, Paul will also be supporting charities local to where his events are held during the year.

Inaugural Dinner

As part of Paul’s testimonial year, there will be a dinner at the Towers Hotel on 29th November with guests including Ospreys legends Shane Williams & James Hook.

For more information, have a look at the website  http://ten21testimonial.info/

To book or for further inquiries, email hello@ten21testimonial.info

We have had a FANTASTICO offer from our friends in Zebre!


Hi, I woulk like to invite Ospreys supporters  to play a Touch Rugby OLD tournament in Parma at 12:00PM before Pro14 match vs Zebre.
Bring only rugby shoes with you, we’ll take care of the rest.
Let me know by Sunday23; I will send you all the details.

We will wait for you on 29th; also just for a beer.
 
Keep in mind that this is a friendly tournament that we will play especially to spend a good third time together and then go to the stadium (two steps true).   

Bring only rugby shoes with you, we’ll take care of the rest.
 
 
Best regards,
Massimo

If anyone is travelling and interested in taking part or just watching, please contact grant@ospreyssupportersclub.com and we will help coordinate and put you inj contact with Massimo

It was great to see few familiar faces including OSC memebers, Ospreys & OitC staff as well as players turn up at Coffee #1 in Swansea to support the Ospreys quiz night raising money for their official 2018/19 charity partners  OitC and Tenovus.
Tenovus who’s motto is ‘Give hope. Help cope’, bring invaluable support, advice and treatment to cancer patients within local communities with Ospreys in the Community supporting people of all ages across the region in areas such as sport, education, health and inclusion.

Players were moved around the teams from round to round (“how are we supposed to win if we move teams?”) and it was great to see their varying contributions.  It’s fair to say that James Hook made a positive contribution to our team and its entirely fair to say it was a lot more than any of the other players managed!  If you want George North on your team for any round, its definitely not the Ospreys trivia round (“I’ve only played two games!”) – and to finish off, Will Jones might have seen a fair bit of the world on his Judo travels, but he can’t find any of them on a map.

After the success of tonight’s event, expect to see further charity quiz evenings organised by the Ospreys and OitC as well as more OSC quiz evenings.

We will be holding our annual pre-season Q&A at The Pavilion, Llandarcy on Tuesday 28th August at 7pm.

Matt Sherratt, our new backs coach will be there together with our new squad members Scott Williams, Luke Morgan and Aled Davies.

When:

7pm, Tuesday 28th August 2018

Where:

The Pavillion, Llandarcy

Cost:

Entry is £2 on the door but places MUST be pre-booked due to limited spaces.

Booking:

Email lynne@ospreyssupportersclub.com to book your seats